Pantry pests are a very common—not to mention stressful—pest problem for Albuquerque property owners. Also known as stored product pests, pantry pests are insects that, as their name suggests, infest grains and other dried goods. Pantry pest beetles and moths often are already in items that are brought into your home from the store. At Pest Defense Solutions, we know that pantry pests are a real nuisance and are committed to helping our customers keep them away for good.
What are the tiny bugs in my pantry?
Many people have made the unfortunate discovery of tiny bugs in their pantry when they went to open up a bag of flour or rice. These bugs are aptly named “pantry pests” or “stored product pests”. The most common pantry pests you’ll encounter in your home are moths, weevils, and pantry beetles. Each of these stored product pests has its own preference, but you’re most likely to see pantry pests inside whole grains, flour, rice, corn, beans, dried fruits, seeds, pet food, and other dried goods.
The common pantry pests we encounter locally include:
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How to prevent pantry pest beetles & moths
Pantry pests are definitely a nuisance, but the good news is that there are several things you can do to prevent an infestation. Here are our top tips for pantry pest control:
- Store dried goods securely: To keep pests out, always store food and baking ingredients in airtight containers.
- Properly store seasonal items: Dried foliage, Indian corn, and other seasonal items should be kept in sealed containers while not in use.
- Place bay leaves in containers: Sticking a bay leaf inside canisters of dry goods like flour, rice, and other grains may help repel the pests.
- Inspect your groceries: Both at the store and before bringing them indoors, check your purchased goods for any signs of damage or use.
- Check expiration dates: Before using ingredients from years past, make sure to check the expiration date and toss any expired items.
Expert pantry pest control
The best form of pantry pest control is prevention, which is why it’s so important to keep an eye out for these insects when grocery shopping or cleaning your home. If you do have an infestation, quickly and securely dispose of the infested items and clean our your pantry. While pantry pests aren’t harmful (even if you accidentally ingest them), they can be a pain. If you need assistance with a pantry pest beetles, the pantry pest control experts at Pest Defense Solutions can help—give us a call today!
Pantry Pest Control in Albuquerque NM
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